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June 19, 2002
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Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills 2-year-old and 6 other Israeli unarmed civilians

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself near a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing a 2-year-old baby and 6 others, and wounding more than 40 unarmed Israeli civilians.

The Fatah's "Raed Karmi Branch" of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for the attack, in a telephone call to Abu Dhabi satellite TV, and Hizbullah's Al-Manar satellite TV, in Lebanon.

"Zionists, leave our land because we will not stop our operations as long as there is an occupation," said the statement.

The Fatah is an umbrella group of Palestinian organizations that report directly to Yasser Arafat. This is the second homicide/suicide bombing executed by one of Arafat's terrorist groups in the last 24 hours - the Palestinian Authority's condemnation of these murders is simply ridiculous.

I copy the full article below.

SUICIDE BOMBER IN JERUSALEM KILLS AT LEAST 7, WOUNDS OVER 40
By THE JERUSALEM POST STAFF - June 19, 2002

A suicide bomber, possibly female, blew up shortly after 7:00 p.m. near a hitchhiking stop in the French Hill neighborhood of northern Jerusalem killing at least seven people and wounding over 40 others.

Two of the fatalities died in surgery after the attack.

One of the fatalities is a two-year-old toddler.

Four of the wounded are listed in critical condition, according to Magen David Adom Spokesman Yerucham Mendola.

The Fatah's "Raed Karmi Branch" of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for the attack, in a telephone call to Abu Dhabi satellite TV, and Hizbullah's Al-Manar satellite TV, in Lebanon.

"Zionists, leave our land because we will not stop our operations as long as there is an occupation," said the statement.

Karmi was a terrorist killed in an IDF targeted interception several months ago.

The area has been closed to traffic as sappers search for other bombs, and drivers are requested to clear the roads for EMS and crews and security forces.

"The police chased him to try to stop him, and when he got to the (bus stop), he blew up a large device," said Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy. One of the policemen chasing him was badly hurt, Levy added.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bomber got out of a red Audi, broke past a group of security forces, and set off the explosives. The car sped away, disappearing into Palestinian neighborhoods, heading north towards Ramallah, Levy added.

Security forces are in hot pursuit.

The explosion in the French Hill neighborhood blew out the back and the sides of the bus stop shelter, leaving just a concrete bench and the roof. Body parts were scattered on the street, which was covered with blood and shards of glass.

A baby carriage was overturned, and rescue workers covered it with a black plastic bag.

The head of the bomber was found layng on a hill above the scene of the blast, according to reports of remains found by investigators.

At least six people were killed, said Avi Zohar, a spokesman for Israel's rescue services. Several of the wounded were in critical condition, rescue workers said.

"We will of course take whatever action necessary in order to continue to protect the citizens of Israel," said Israeli government spokesman Arieh Mekel. "We hold the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Yasser Arafat, responsible for all this."

Israel says Arafat is responsible because his security forces have not prevented the attacks.

The PA has not commented on the attack.
After Tuesday's bombing, Israel said it would reoccupy parts of Palestinian territory in response to bombings.

"The Palestinian wave of terror continues to be unleashed against Israel's civilian population," said David Baker, a spokesman in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The area, a busy intersection adjacent to the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat, has been the scene of numerous terror attacks since the onset of fighting with the Palestinians.

The heavily guarded, combined hitchiking point and bus stop, is heavily used by the city's residents as well as commuters to Samaria communities and the city of Ma'ale Adumim to the east.

The blast comes one day after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 19 people on a bus in southern Jerusalem, the deadliest bombing in the city in six years.

Palestinian suicide bombers have carried out 71 attacks against Israel in nearly 21 months of Mideast violence, killing more than 220 people.

Hospital emergency numbers:

Jerusalem Bikur Holim Hospital: 125-5123;

Jerusalem Hadassah University-Hospital, Ein Kerem: 125-5122;

Jerusalem Hadassah University-Hospital, Mt Scopus: 125-5121;

Jerusalem Sha'are Tzedek hospital: 125-5125;

Petah Tikva, Beilinson Hospital: 125-5134.
No area code is necessary when calling these numbers.


Jerusalem Municipality: 106, 125-5023.

"Eran" emergency psychological counseling:

English/Hebrew: 1201

Russian: 1 800 241 201

Arabic: 1 700 501 201

Amharic: 1 800 211 201
Overseas callers need to dial Israel's country code 972 before the direct numbers.

(With Mohammed Najib, The Associated Press)

Posted by David Melle at June 19, 2002 11:50 AM
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